GONZALES — Accused of repeatedly attacking his girlfriend over a month, former LSU and NFL fullback Quinn Johnson was arrested last week in a series of domestic disputes that the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office described as turning increasingly violent and ended with him pulling a gun on the woman.
Johnson, who appeared in a prison jumpsuit Monday at an Ascension Parish courtroom, received a bail amount of $40,000 but remained in jail as of the evening.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Johnson pulled out the gun Thursday and threatened to kill his girlfriend when she refused to give him the passcode to her cellphone. Johnson wanted to erase a recording of a fight that had turned physical, the woman alleged.
The woman, who said Johnson is the father of her child, surrendered the code, she told deputies, but alleged Johnson would not let her leave for New Orleans until they resolved their problems, Bacala said.
St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said Gramercy police officers arrested Johnson at a store late in the week. Johnson posted bail on a count of violating a protective order in St. James but was handed over to Ascension Parish authorities because he had been wanted on counts from the Thursday dispute and earlier incidents.
Johnson also is accused of attacking the same woman on Jan. 7 and 9. In one alleged attack, he grabbed the girlfriend by the hair and slammed her head into a bed rail, Bacala said. The girlfriend also accused him, in a separate incident, of slapping her face, pushing her into a closet and instructing her not to leave until he was gone. Johnson later called the house and told the woman she could leave the closet, Bacala said.
Twenty-third Judicial District Judge Tess Percy Stromberg set bail for Johnson Monday at the Ascension Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales after the victim told the judge she would not object.
As a condition of bail, Stromberg ordered Johnson and the girlfriend to turn over any weapons to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and stay apart from each other for six months.
Johnson, 28, 39104 Pirogue Ave., Gonzales, was booked on two counts of simple assault, three counts of domestic abuse battery, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm and two counts of false imprisonment, according to charges read out in court.
Bacala said Johnson also had been arrested Jan. 12 on a fourth count of domestic abuse battery involving the same woman, but bail information on that charge was not immediately available.
The 23rd JDC encompasses Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.
Johnson’s attorney, Newton T. Savoie, was present for the hearing along with family members. They declined comment.
Johnson, who is originally from Edgard and played for West St. John High School, was at LSU from 2004 to 2008 and played in 40 games for the Tigers, including 10 starts, according to Johnson’s LSU biography.
Johnson also played in the NFL from 2009 to 2013, with stints at the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, according to NFL.com.
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